Ugolino and his Sons by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Title:Ugolino and his Sons
Artist:Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
Owner:Metropolitan Museum of Art
Country of Origin:France
Tags:Sculptures and Carvings
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Ugolino is a character in Dante's Inferno, who is imprisoned with his sons and left to starve. His sons, on the verge of death, beg him to eat them to lessen his hunger: "Father our pain will lessen if you eat us. You are the one who clothed us with this wretched flesh: we plead for you to be the one who strips it away."